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April 13, 2002
Re "A Mountainous Misstep," editorial, April 5: There is much more to this story on Mammoth Lakes and the possible expansion of its airport operations. Intrawest, the Canadian company behind much of this growth wish, needs more water than the area has, to expand its skiing operation and for the associated housing boom. It is planning on drilling water wells in the forested area between Mammoth and June Lake. This aquifer supplies water for several creeks in the area, notably Big Springs, which is the headwaters for the Owens River.
December 14, 1988 | BILL BOYARSKY, Times City-County Bureau Chief
In a milestone in the history of California water development, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California board voted on Tuesday to buy surplus water from the rural Imperial Irrigation District, breaking a decades-old stalemate between city dwellers and farmers over sharing scarce water.
May 1, 1996
A summer-like spring has catfish stirring at many Southland reservoirs. And while that might not be the case at Lower Otay in San Diego County, one monstrous blue catfish decided it was hungry enough to go after a crawdad with a hook in it. John Collins of San Diego eventually reeled in the whiskered beast, which tipped the scale at 82 pounds 2 ounces, a state record. CASTAIC LAKE--Strong winds kept boats off the lake most of the week.
September 15, 2002 | ROBERT V. PHILLIPS and KENNETH W. DOWNEY, Robert V. Phillips is former general manager and chief engineer of the L.A. Department of Water and Power. Kenneth W. Downey is a former assistant city attorney.
The Local Agency Formation Commission and Valley Vote are grossly misleading the public when they say secession would not affect water and power rates in a new Valley city or a breakaway Hollywood. Los Angeles' water rights and its exclusive authority to set rates flow from the state and federal constitutions, as well as state and federal law governing water rights.
The Turkish hydraulic engineer swept his hand toward the Middle East's storied Fertile Crescent and then to the brown waters flowing sluggishly toward it, the first fruit of Turkey's grand project to harness the headwaters of the mighty Tigris-Euphrates river basin. "Just think," Lutfi Solakoglu proudly told the latest group of dignitaries to visit the site since the sluice gates opened April 11, sending a stream of water down an irrigation canal to the fields beyond.
May 8, 1998
FRESHWATER CASTAIC LAKE--Noted big-bass catcher Bob Crupi of Castaic caught what is being called a lower Castaic Lake record 17 1/4-pound largemouth bass on a Stanley tube jig. The bass bite remains steady in the upper and lower reservoirs. Striped bass are biting occasionally on the upper lake. George Nichol, Santa Monica, caught a 13-3 and a 7-0 on a True Trout 2 lure.
May 18, 1996 | Interviews conducted by JAMES BLAIR
YES: 'It's Impossible to Have Input at City Hall' GUY WEDDINGTON McCREARY Property manager, North Hollywood; board member, Universal City-North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce I am a Valley historian and my family's been involved in this community for 110 years. I know our Chamber of Commerce board voted unanimously to support secession; we have been behind that since 1973.
December 5, 1987 | CAROL McGRAW, From staff and wire reports
Los Angeles urban designer William Morrish is flushed with victory. His designs for bathroom fixtures just won a $10,000 award in a national contest on the "celebration of water delivery systems." Morrish enthusiastically hopes his designs will get people to look at their bathrooms in a different light. His winning line of faucets, sinks, tubs and toilets--which he calls "The Private Spring"--are also intended to remind Los Angeles residents of where all that tap water came from originally.
September 14, 1995 | CHARLES PERRY
In the '50s, my grandfather had a water cellar. The hand-labeled bottles that lined his basement shelves did not hold "French water," as somebody would later scornfully call Perrier on an episode of "thirtysomething," but strictly the California item. Granddad had belonged to the Sierra Club since the beginning of the century, when it was basically a bunch of hikers who liked to skinny-dip in ice-cold mountain streams.
February 12, 1997 | ROBERT A. JONES
Once upon a time, you could gaze toward Mono Lake from this old mountain town and watch the lake shrink. A pathetic scene. Los Angeles was sucking Mono dry, sending the water south for our lawns and pools. Each year the lake grew a little smaller than the year before. No more. Mono is growing again, its surface level rising like a wet phoenix. Los Angeles' water take has been cut by two-thirds, and the city is reduced to negotiating over how much it will pay to restore the damage it did here.
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